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Candy Cane Punch

Peppermint ice cream makes this creamy drink taste—and look—more like a dessert than a punch! I've mixed it many times for ladies' lunches and buffets. For a fun garnish, hang mini candy canes around the punch bowl or on cups. —Neva Schnauber, Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 quarts


  • 2 jars (12 ounces each) strawberry jelly
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, divided
  • 2 quarts peppermint stick ice cream
  • Miniature candy canes, optional


  • In a large saucepan, melt jelly with 2 cups soda. Chill the jelly mixture and remaining soda. Just before serving, place 6 cups ice cream in a punch bowl. Gently stir in jelly mixture. Add remaining soda. Add remaining ice cream by scoopfuls. Garnish with candy canes if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 270 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • gld2bmom
    Dec 4, 2015

    My daughter served this punch at her dorm's Christmas party and it was a huge hit! Even though some were skeptical of the strawberry-mint flavor combination at first, once her friends tried the punch, they went back for seconds and thirds!

  • momoflandl
    Dec 8, 2014

    Our family makes this punch every year, it's amazing! I have such a hard time walking away from it that I end up drinking more than eating.

  • rena 55
    Oct 13, 2014

    Served this punch for a Christmas party. Such a pretty presentation in a glass punch bowl with candy canes hanging on the edge of the bowl. The punch is so good and my guests didn't leave a drop!

  • Happymamaandlife
    Dec 25, 2012

    I don't know what punch the other reviewers made, but the punch I made for Christmas Eve was awful! There is not one person who finished their cup, let alone a 2nd sip! It is sooo sweet, that it's inedible. I'll never even attempt to make this punch again. It was one of the worst things I have ever tried. I should've just made the mint and pomegranate punch again this year. Oh well, live and learn.

  • Diana017
    Dec 17, 2012

    HUGE hit at our Christmas parties last year. I'll be making it again this year. I found the jelly at the Dollar Tree - bargain!

  • chmsute
    Oct 24, 2012

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  • vajudybug
    Jan 8, 2012

    I made this for our family Christmas get together. So glad I got enough to make for another party as the first batch was gone before everyone got to our house. They all said this was their favorite punch now.

  • ravan65
    Dec 8, 2011

    I made this last Sunday for fellowship hour after church service. It got rave reviews and several requests for the recipe. It looked exactly like the picture. I even heard a man say, "Isn't that PRETTY!" Great recipe for so few ingredients.

  • cschell
    Nov 26, 2011

    I have made this recipe for years for a group of college kids. They always request it and can never get enough!

  • soxbabe
    Dec 25, 2010

    Just made this for a Christmas Party and then again for my family's Christmas gathering. It was a great hit. Tastes yummy and is so pretty with the candy canes hanging around the bowl. The ice cream starts to look a little ugly on top when it sits for a bit, but some gentle stirring takes care of that.